"all hell broke loose, effectively."
Two brothers from Yorkshire were jailed on August 21, 2019, for being in possession of knives as a result of a family feud.
Basharat Hussain, aged 36, of Batley, and Shamus Hussain, aged 33, of Bradford, confronted members of the Khan family who they believed had hit their sister’s house with a car.
The confrontation happened on Pilgrim Drive, Dewsbury, on July 1, 2018.
Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, explained that a car reversed into the woman’s house before driving off. She said:
“Police were called but it seems these defendants were called because the sister suspected she knew who had committed the offence.”
Judge Penelope asked the prosecutor: “So these defendants were called to take matters into their own hands? Not very clever, is it?”
Leeds Crown Court heard Shamus went to their sister’s house while Basharat went to the Khan family’s house opposite their sister’s.
CCTV footage showed two members of the Khan family standing in their driveway when Basharat appeared and brandished a knife.
Shamus then ran into the driveway, also wielding a knife, but was described as the one trying to keep the peace. He even hit his brother to try and calm him down.
Other members of the Khan family then came out of the house and into the driveway.
Miss Pearson said: “One of the original [Khan] men armed himself with a pole or golf club and all hell broke loose, effectively.”
Basharat started making death threats and the family feud went onto the street before the Hussain brothers were arrested.
Father-of-four Basharat admitted being in possession of a bladed article in a public place and affray.
Father-of-two Shamus pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in a public place and resisting a police constable in the execution of their duty.
The court heard Shamus has nine previous convictions for 16 offences. At the time of the incident, he had a suspended sentence for an assault.
Probation officer Jackie Brook explained that both brothers suffer from depression and anxiety.
She added that Basharat has been diagnosed with split personality disorder while Shamus was previously sectioned and diagnosed with psychosis.
On Shamus, she said:
“There was an altercation and there have been issues in the past and he was protecting his brother.”
In mitigation for Shamus, Matthew Harding explained that he did not brandish his knife. Instead, he used skills he had learned from the probation service to try and diffuse the situation.
Shamus Hussain was jailed for 18 months. Basharat Hussain received a 13-month prison sentence.
The Examiner Live reported that they were also ordered to pay statutory surcharges of £149.